Bouncy floors are more than just frustrating; they are a sign of a larger problem in your crawl space. Learn what to look for and how it can affect your home.
Crawl Space Repair Problem Signs: Do I Have Bouncy Floors? & What Caused Them?
If you’ve walked across your floors and experienced a noticeable bounce or give in your floors, it could be indicative of an underlying issue. We’ll explore common signs and symptoms of bouncy floors, understand the potential causes, and learn how to fix bouncy floors for good.
How Do I Know If I Have Bouncy Floors?
While for some, it may be easy to recognize bouncy floors, others, not so much.
- Floors that bounce or spring
- Creaking or squeaking sounds when walking
- Rattling objects
Other secondary signs are typically also observed in your home when you have bouncy floors like:
- High humidity
- Musty smells
- Increased allergies
- High energy bills
If you’re noticing these signs, it’s best to look below your floors in the crawl space.
Groundworks has decades of experience repairing bouncy floors and restoring your home’s structural integrity. Schedule a free inspection and have a local expert utilize specialty tools to assess your bouncy floor situation and educate you on the problems that could occur if left untreated.
Catching bouncy floors early allows you to make repairs fast, saving you money and frustration.
How Do Bouncy Floors Impact My Home?
Bouncy floors may seem like a frustrating annoyance at first, but they have a significant impact all around your home.
- Your Family’s Safety- Bouncy floors create an unstable walking surface, increasing the risk of trips, slips, and falls, especially for children and the elderly.
- Your Home’s Integrity- Unstable floors indicate underlying crawl space problems. Most likely a symptom of damaged floor joists. This is a real problem since your floor joists are responsible for supporting the weight of your home and everything inside it.
It’s probably evident at this point that bouncy floors are something to take seriously. Groundworks has developed proven solutions to stabilize and repair bouncy floors and restore peace and comfort to your home.
How Groundworks Fixes Bouncy Floors?
Groundworks uses SettleStop IntelliJack™ system and crawl space encapsulation to solve bouncy floor problems permanently.
Our cutting-edge system consists of adjustable crawl space support posts designed to deliver unparalleled stability. These support posts are capable of supporting up to 24,000 lbs. per jack.
By strategically installing these posts beneath the floors, homeowners can reinforce the floor system and eliminate unwanted movement.
The combination of the SettleStop IntelliJack™ system and crawl space encapsulation offers a permanent solution. Crawl space encapsulation involves sealing the crawl space, creating a barrier against moisture infiltration. This crucial step prevents moisture from entering the crawl space, mitigating the risk of mold growth, wood rot, and subsequent floor damage.
By regaining a sturdy, bounce-free floor, homeowners can eliminate unwanted movement, and ensure long-term protection against moisture-related issues.
What Causes Bouncy Floors?
Bouncy floors can occur due to various reasons, and it’s important to understand the underlying causes for effective solutions.
Floor Joist Issues
One common cause is when the support for the floor, known as floor joists, is not properly designed or spaced. The floor may feel bouncy if the joists are too far apart or not strong enough.
Excessive moisture in the crawl space can also contribute to bouncy floors by causing wood rot and weakening the structural integrity.
Wood-destroying pests— like carpenter ants and termites— can cause significant damage, weakening the structural support and resulting in bouncy floors.
To address bouncy floors permanently, it’s recommended to consult with professionals who can identify the specific cause and provide appropriate solutions.
Trained experts from Groundworks will inspect your crawl space, inside and outside, to identify the root cause and stop bouncy floors for good. It’s always good to schedule an inspection to stop damage before it progresses further.
Bouncy Floors FAQ
While bouncy floors can sometimes be merely a cosmetic issue, it’s important to have them assessed by a professional. Bouncy floors may indicate underlying structural problems that could worsen over time if left unaddressed.
The cost of repairing bouncy floors varies depending on several factors. The size of the affected area, the extent of the damage, and the underlying causes all play a role in determining the cost. Additionally, the specific repair methods and materials required will impact the overall expense. It’s best to consult with a professional crawl space expert for an accurate cost estimate tailored to your specific needs.
Fixing bouncy floors involves identifying the underlying cause and implementing appropriate solutions. Commonly, adjustable crawl space support posts are needed to support the weight of your home, taking the burden from failing posts. A reputable crawl space expert can help you determine the right repair for your home.
Get a Permanent Solution for Bouncy Floors with Groundworks Help
If you’re dealing with bouncy floors, there’s no need to worry! You don’t have to put up with them or cross your fingers hoping for a quick fix.
DIY solutions like adding supports or sistering a joist won’t do the trick and could result in a more costly repair.
It’s time to call the experts. With their help, you can get to the root of the problem and say goodbye to bouncy floors for good. Don’t let bouncy floors be a never-ending headache. Take the right steps, reach out to a repair professional, and reclaim a solid and stable floor.